The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, T.D, paid a two-day visit to Switzerland on 6-7 May. On 6 May, Minister Flanagan held official talks in Bern with the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Federal Councilor Didier Burkhalter. Speaking after the meeting, Minister Flanagan said: “I was delighted to accept Minister Burkhalter’s invitation to visit Switzerland and to discuss the range of key issues that our countries partner on, particularly nuclear disarmament, the OSCE and sustainable development. I look forward to building stronger bilateral relations between Switzerland and Ireland and continuing to work closely with Minister Burkhalter on all of these issues.”
Minister Flanagan also visited Zurich on 7 May where he addressed Swiss fund and asset managers at an event organised by the Irish Funds Industry Association to highlight the Government’s commitment to supporting the growth of the International Financial Services Sector in Ireland. Minister Flanagan had the opportunity to meet with Irish people working in the Swiss financial services industry, including members of the Irish Business Network who were invited to participate in the seminar by the Irish Funds Industry Association.